10 Most Extreme Places on Planet Earth
Mother earth is home to an impressive number of extreme places, from the coldest to the hottest, highest to lowest, here are the 10 most extreme areas of our beloved planet.
1. The Hottest
No, we don’t mean the place with the most attractive babes. It isn’t Death Valley or the Sahara Desert, but the Lut desert in Iran. A NASA imaging satellite recorded a temperature of 159 degrees Fahrenheit in the desert, beating out the previous record by 23 degrees!
2. Highest Elevation Above Earth’s Core
Though you may be expecting this to be Mount Everest, it actually isn’t. It’s mount Chimborazo, which is 20,703 feet above sea level. The reason Everest didn’t make the cut? The earth isn’t a perfect sphere, but is actually wider at the equator than at all other points. Though Ecuadorians take pride in their mountain, it is not nearly as hard to climb as Everest, which is almost 10,000 feet higher.
3. Remotest Inhabited Archipelago
How would you like to live in the remotest island on earth? It is 2000 miles from the nearest landmass, has no airport, and has a population of just under 300 people. If you want to live a life isolated from the rest of the world, consider moving to Tristan de Cunha, a UK protectorate that will really show you the meaning of a tight-knit community.
4. Highest Waterfall
Venezuelan waterfall Angel Falls is the highest fall on the planet, dropping water from the Rio Caroni river a height of 3230 feet.
5. Coldest Inhabited Area
While there are places colder than Oymyakon Russia, this is the coldest place that people have been able to live. And though it isn’t the coldest place on earth, Oymyakon has registered temperatures of -96.2 degrees Fahrenheit, and the township in the surrounding area is home to over 800 people!
6. Driest Place
You may be thinking that a desert is the driest place on earth, but on the contrary, the Dry Valleys in Antarctica haven’t had a drop of rain in over 2 million years! They are the only part of Antarctica that isn’t covered by ice and have been shaped over the centuries by winds that rage at about 200 mph!
7. Deepest Trench
The Marianas Trench, located between Indonesia and Japan is the deepest trench in the world, extending 35, 840 feet below sea level. The deepest portion of the trench is known as Challenger Deep and has been explored only recently by a special research sub that was built to withstand the 8 tons of pressure created by all that water.
8. Wettest Place
Lloro Colombia is by far the wettest place on earth, averaging over 40 feet of rain per year! It has averaged the highest amount of precipitation over the years, even though other locations have the record for most amount of rain in one month.
9. Longest Drop
Appropriately named Mount Thor has a stone face that is 4100 feet high, meaning that if you fell from that height, you’d fall 4100 feet before hitting dirt. It is the largest naturally occurring vertical drop and is a favorite destination for extreme climbing athletes.
10. Lowest Elevation
The Dead Sea in Jordan is 1,385 feet below sea level, making it the lowest elevation point on the planet. But, that’s not all it’s famous for. It also has the highest salinity of any body of water on the earth meaning that it is impossible to drown because you’ll always be lighter than the water! One last piece of trivia about the sea, researchers have not found any life, even bacterial, tough enough to withstand the salinity of this sea.
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